Portrait Fine Artist | Pop Realist Painter


Michael Wagner is a pop realist painter who specializes in a unique niche within the portrait painting tradition.

His art education, his early career in graphic design and later law enforcement has provided an interesting combination in visual aesthetics and human psychology. His detailed and colorful portraits are filled with layers of rendering, revealing the ambiguity that exists in every individual and the setting that makes that individual come alive. Considering himself a Pop Realist, his work conveys the colorful experience of “the face in action”, playing music, performing and often in leisure, posing in front of a camera. Growing up in the late sixties and experiencing the surge of a music revolution influenced him greatly and has allowed him to paint a musical soundtrack of his formative years. To Michael, every face has its own unique map and conveys a sense of depth captured best with paint and a brush. Not only does the face of a person provide a fascinating landscape to explore, Michael aims at capturing what’s beneath the surface, particularly the mysteriousness of the rock celebrity and often the energy they embody.


  • “Art & Soul Gala & Exhibition” – Mosesian Center for the Arts / Watertown, Massachusetts.
  • “The Blues”  Katonah Museum Artists Association / Ridgefield, Connecticut.
  • Sebastian Kruger Master Class (By Invitation Only) / Group Collaborative
  • “Nevertheless She Persisted” / Love Art Gallery & Studio, Norwalk, CT
  • 2018 Member Show / Carriage Barn Arts Center, New Canaan, CT
  • Relishing Restraint, 5th Annual Juried Exhibition / Stamford, CT
  • LAA 40th Anniversary at UConn Staford Art Gallery / Loft Artists Association, Stamford, CT
  • LAA 40th Anniversary Retrospective / Stamford Museum, Stamford, CT
  • The Black Light Experience / LAA Member Exhibition, Stamford, CT
  • Celebrating Life / St. Philip Artist’s Guild & Love Art Gallery, Norwalk, CT


  • Love Art Gallery & Studio “Solo: Portraits” / Norwalk, Connecticut.
  • Sebastian Kruger Master Class (By Invitation Only) / Group Collaborative 


  • Love Art Gallery & Studio “Solo: Michael Wagner” / Norwalk, Connecticut.
  • Sebastian Kruger Master Class (By Invitation Only)/Group Collaborative


  • Van Orsouw Gallery / New York, New York.
  • Sebastian Kruger Master Class (By Invitation Only)/Group Collaborative Setting for Portrait Artists, Barsinghausen Germany.
  • Black & White Gallery / Paris France.
  • Stamford Art Walk / Community Fundraiser Event, Stamford, Connecticut
  • International Twitter Art Exhibit / Benefit for Non-Profit Home-Start Moss, Moss Norway.
  • Art About Town / Featured Artist, Westport Connecticut.


  • Acrylic Works 5, “Bold Values,” April, 2018.
  • Studio Visit Magazine, “Yearly Review,” April, 2018.
  • Venu Magazine, “A Line Up Of Unforgettable Faces,” October, 2017.
  • Aesthetica Magazine, “Archive Participant,” August, 2017.
  • Studio Visit Magazine, “Yearly Review, Cover Feature,” November, 2016.
  • Sublime Artist Zine,  “Anniversary Special, Artist of the Year”, June 1, 2015.
  • Stamford Daily Voice, “Stamford Police Officer Also Makes Mark As Accomplished Artist”, June 5, 2015
  • The Art Elephant, “Michael Wagner’s Musical Fine Art”, June 3, 2015



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